• Trip Code AC01
  • From USD 1499
    USD 1499
  • 21 Days
  • Group Size(min)
    2
    • 1
    • 9
    Moderate

    Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

The Annapurnas are Nepal’s most popular trekking area. It’s not hard to see why. Spectacular scenery, diverse cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most scenic areas for novice or experienced trekkers. The Annapurnas were the first mountains over 8000m to be climbed. The accommodation is mostly of a high standard in teahouses, and you can trek in relative style and comfort.

HIGHTLIGHTS:
Panoramic mountain views, forests of oak, maple, rhododendron, Tibetan settlements, glaciers, lakes, hot rings, apple orchards. Muktinath is home to the holy Vishnu temple with the miraculous fire in the stream of water. Kagbeni is the last settlement before Manang. The scenery changes from dense forests to rocky slopes and mountain summit splendor.

Things to do

What's Included?

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off transportation by private vehicle
  • Two/double bed accommodation at Kathmandu & Pokhara in 2-3 star hotels with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Escorted with English speaking guide. Private transportation. Entrance fee
  • Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu tourist bus
  • Kathamandu / Besi Shahar private transportation
  • Birethanti - Pokhara Transportation Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation in Normal tea house during trek
  • Meals (Breakfast with 2 cup of tea & coffee, lunch, dinner)during trek
  • Sleeping bag
  • Annapurna trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & permits
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee & TIMS
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & government licensed English speaking guide
  • One porter between each two members during trek
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • First Aid Kit
  • Travel & rescue arrangement
  • All government taxes
  • Farewell dinner
Things to do

What's not Included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Tea coffee in Lunch & Dinner time during trek
  • Hot shower, Drinking water , Electricity bills during trek
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
  • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section
Things to do

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu sightseeing (1,300m)
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)
  • Day 4
    Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1,300m)
  • Day 5
    Bahundanda to Chamje (1,430m)
  • Day 6
    Chamje to Danaque (2,300m)
  • Day 7
    Danaque to Chame (2,710m)
  • Day 8
    Chame to Pisang (3,200m)
  • Day 9
    Pisang to Manang (3,550m)
  • Day 10
    Rest day (3,550m)
  • Day 11
    Manang to Yak Kharka (4,105m)
  • Day 12
    Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,105m)
  • Day 13
    Phedi to Muktinath (3800m), across the Thorung La (5,416m)
  • Day 14
    Muktinath to Jomson (2,713m)
  • Day 15
    Jomsom to Kalopani (2,560m)
  • Day 16
    Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m)
  • Day 17
    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m)
  • Day 18
    Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1,950m)
  • Day 19
    Ghandruk to Birethanti – Pokhara (915m)
  • Day 20
    Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly. (1,300m)
  • Day 21
    International Departure (1,300m)
  • Day 1
    Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)
    Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu sightseeing (1,300m)

    After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

    Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.

    Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.

    Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.

  • Day 3
    Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)

    You will be driven for around 5 hours today to Besi Sahar, the Lamjung district headquarters. Here you will be shown to your hotel for the night.

  • Day 4
    Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1,300m)

    The route initially follows a rather dubious road along which buses and trucks occasionally pass, but there are no big climbs. However, the first day is memorable for a rather spectacular bamboo suspension bridge, which is quite entertaining. The walk takes about 4 leisurely hours to Ngadi and a further rather tougher 2 hours due to the climbs involved followed by moderate descents, until you reach Bahundanda (Brahman village).

  • Day 5
    Bahundanda to Chamje (1,430m)

    The route winds its way through several small villages and past innumerable terraces. You will cross the Marsyandi River on a modern metal suspension bridge, before finally arriving at the village of Jagat at 1325m, notice how the topography changes as the Marsyandi River cuts through an increasingly steeper and narrower gorge, with numerous spectacular waterfalls dropping from the valley sides. You will be travelling along high paths along the side of the gorge before dropping down to the river which you will then cross. Beyond Jagat you will see our first prayer wheels and other signs of Buddhism. The people start to look more Tibetan, with some women wearing the more traditional clothing. From Jagat, a 20 minute moderate and descent takes us to the river and then a moderate climb leads us to the Gurung village of Chamje where you will stay the night

  • Day 6
    Chamje to Danaque (2,300m)

    This day is an easy walk about 6 hours. In total you cross the river 3 times. The walk to Dharapani (‘Black water’) not only sees a change in topography but also in people and culture. From Dharapani an easy gradual uphill to Bagarchhap, where in 1995 an avalanche wiped away nine houses. From there you walk an easy walk to Danaque about half an hour.

  • Day 7
    Danaque to Chame (2,710m)

    This day is again relatively easy walking along pine forest clad mountainsides. Most of the hard grind is in the morning as you climb to Tamang Besi, although this is not too arduous. From this climb you secure our first views of Manaslu since the bus journey to Besi Sahar. Toward the end of the days walk the route has been wiped out by some sizeable landslides, with evidence that there are likely to be more to come. A large archway that is adorned by three small stone structures marks the entrance to Chame. Here you will see many prayer flags and wheels as well as mani walls. The whole area is now dominated by the Buddhist religion and spectacular views up toward Annapurna II.

  • Day 8
    Chame to Pisang (3,200m)

    The Marsyandi River passes through a steep narrow valley in the Chame area and as a result the sun is both late arriving in the morning and early to depart in the evening. From the pine shaded spot you can see the stunning view of one of the lower peaks flanking Annapurna II. On the north side of the river the mountains are highly distinct, forming some of the most unique scenery. After lunch you climb relatively steeply through pine forest for 135 m, catching occasional glimpses of the high peaks. The final section of the walk to Pisang is generally down hill or flat following a river plain. Pisang is a pretty standard village for these parts of the Marsyandi river valley. Pisang provides the first decent views of Chulu East, which appears as a dramatically pointed snowy summit pyramid.

  • Day 9
    Pisang to Manang (3,550m)

    The initial route from Pisang to Humde is a short, steady ascent to a low ridge from where there are fantastic views up the Marsyandi river valley. From this viewpoint the valley is broad and flat due to the presence of extensive river terraces. Village Humde is remarkably similar in appearance to Pisang. There is a fabulous view of Annapurna III, which at 7,555m is the 48th highest mountain in the world. Manang is split into 2 areas, an old and new end. The new end resembles a wild-west town with a wide dirt street lined with hotels and wooden shops. The old part of town is a labyrinth of narrow streets, lined by 3 storey stone buildings with enclosed courtyards for animals on the ground floor and people above.

  • Day 10
    Rest day (3,550m)

    Acclimatization is important as the ascent profile for the next two days steepens dramatically taking us to 5416m at Thorang La. Today it would be wise to enjoy some gentle strolls but most importantly drink plenty of water. A walk to the HRA hospital and surrounding area is worthwhile.

  • Day 11
    Manang to Yak Kharka (4,105m)

    Fairly continuous uphill from Manang today gaining about 300m to Gunsang. From Gunsang the path is generally flat. At a crossing point of a small side stream between two mani walls (route deviates) there are great views of the south face of the Chulu massif. After regaining height lost crossing the stream the route gently undulates while gaining the remaining altitude before arrival at Yak Kharka (meaning Yak Pasture).

  • Day 12
    Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,105m)

    Today is fairly constant up until just before Phedi where one descends perhaps 150m to the braided river bed before climbing back up to Phedi. This is the end of the line, the source area of the Marsyandi River. Several small streams run out from deep gorges in the vertical limestone cliffs and converge in a broad river plain.

  • Day 13
    Phedi to Muktinath (3800m), across the Thorung La (5,416m)

    Total ascent 895m, total decent 1815m. Big day!! You ascend steeply 4590m, then along an undulating trail to the flat top of Thorung La (5416m) From here there are views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the West. The trail descends steeply over glacial moraine, which gives way to grassy meadows before you reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove of poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water inside a small but very holy temple.

  • Day 14
    Muktinath to Jomson (2,713m)

    Easy day walking down. Throughout the morning there are great views up the valley toward Muktinath and its Gompa, as well as the Thorung La. Walk down to Kagbeni for lunch (2.5 hours). The village sits at the entrance to the Mustang valley and is separated from a steep cliff of vertical sedimentary rocks by the Kali Ghandaki River. From the whole Mustang Valley down to Jomson the river runs down a shallow gradient forming a wide braided river plain.

  • Day 15
    Jomsom to Kalopani (2,560m)

    Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Ghandaki reaching the old Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow ends and you will find yourself amoungst coniferous forest and neventually at Kalopani (2560m) From here there are spectacular 360-degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s high above.

  • Day 16
    Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m)

    A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good ‘scrub.’

  • Day 17
    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m)

    Steadily climbing all day, one of the hardest days of the trek, you eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. You will stay at the pass where you will enjoy the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.

  • Day 18
    Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1,950m)

    Today the trail undulates through giant rhododendron forest and orchid colonies to the pretty Gurung town of Ghandruk, where Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) dominate the mountain views.

  • Day 19
    Ghandruk to Birethanti – Pokhara (915m)

    A steady climb down past startlingly green cultivated terraces and picturesque, wee-preserved farms to the Modi River, which the trail follows back to Birethanti. Drive to Pokhara. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of Machhapuchhre rising behind it make it an ideal setting to spend a few days in Pokhara.

  • Day 20
    Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly. (1,300m)

    After breakfast in the morning you say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by car or private bus (There is an option to fly). In the afternoon free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 21
    International Departure (1,300m)

    All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing country.

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket

Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

 

Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

 

Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

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      December 20, 2016

      Annapurna Circuit trek

      I recently returned from a 3 week trek with my daughter in Nepal, trekking through the Anapurna Conservation Park. My local travel agent in Melbourne knew Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition from prev...

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      December 19, 2016

      Annapurna Circuit trek

      Very accommodating to customer request.Good hotel arrangements. Flexible itinerary adjustments.

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